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Physical Education Department

Health and Physical Education (PreK-12)

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This major will prepare students to teach health and physical education to students from elementary through high school. Students begin in-school practicum experiences during the fourth week of the first year on campus and continue practicum experiences systematically throughout their program until student teaching.

Students take a series of health, anatomy, physiology, training, and other PE courses while also completing required education program courses. The course catalog contains a list of related courses and the curriculum for health and physical education.


All-Grade Education (Grades PreK-12)

Earning your PreK-12 education license to teach involves a double major in education and your content area: Health & Physical EducationMusicSpanishTheater Arts, or Visual Arts. A minor in TESL can also lead to a teaching license.

It also includes one semester of student teaching and many other practicum experiences in schools. And because EMU’s program is approved by NCATE, the national accrediting association, your teaching license for grades PreK-12 will be accepted in most U.S. states.

About Teacher Education at EMU

Highest Accreditation Standards in the Nation

Our teacher education program has carried the highest national accreditation standards in the nation for more than 40 years: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). EMU is one of only five private colleges in Virginia to be NCATE-accredited!

Here we prepare future teachers who teach boldly in a changing world through an ethic of care and critical reflection. For them, teaching is a calling, an act of service to the world.

Two key characteristics of our teacher education program are: sending future teachers into classrooms early, and reflective practice, which is woven into all education courses at EMU.

Teacher Graduate Success

Employers know EMU teacher education graduates come from a high-quality program. 

  • 100% of 2016-17 program graduates who sought positions in education were employed in PreK-12 education settings and graduated with an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.66. 
  • 100% of program graduates pass the state licensure exams.

Learn more about teacher education at EMU

For more information about the courses and curricula see the course catalog.